Pistol Target Tree

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by SmokyMtnHiker, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    Any one made a home-made pistol target tree? I have a lot of scrap 1/4" steel plate left over from a metal working project I had at work. Also, would 1/4" steel hold up to 45acp fire at 7yds?

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  2. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    I have made pendulum style out of 1/2 and it holds up to 5.56. The .270wsm put a mark on it. I probably would go thicker 3/8 for the strike plate and I think the mass would keep it from really whipping around.
     

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    It would work well for rimfire but for the energy expended by the .45 ACP I'm afraid it would whip around too much and probably go away quick.
     
  4. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Ricochet? Certainly eye protection.
     
  5. Gert999

    Gert999 New Member

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    Ya careful with the ricochet most metal targets you buy say at least 10yrds. and if fixed try to angle it down, that way if it does ricochet it goes towards the ground
     
  6. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    This or similar design would be a pretty easy build.

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  7. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I used a piece of 1/4" cold roll for a teeter target, it stops everything from 22 short to 357 mag, oddly enough 17HMR leaves craters in it. I made a torso target out of the same stuff and I've shot 7.62X54R FMJ, 30-30 soft point, and 7mm mag soft point and they just blow right through it and I was shooting at about 200 yards.
     
  8. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    Very good point. I'll set it farther away. Over looked that minor detail...oops my bad

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